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Richland wine wins gold at competition

CLOVERDALE, Calif. -- Barnard Griffin won best ros Friday in the largest wine competition in North America.

The Richland winery won for its 2010 ros of sangiovese, a wine that is just a few months old.

This is the sixth consecutive year the wine has won gold or better at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.

Also winning gold medals and best-of-class designations in the competition were Kestrel Vintners in Prosser for its 2009 sauvignon blanc; Claar Cellars in Pasco for its 2008 Syrah; Columbia Crest in Paterson for its 2008 Grand Estates cabernet sauvignon; Smasne Cellars in Grandview for its 2008 petit verdot and 2008 County Line Red; and Snoqualmie Vineyards in Prosser for its 2008 Whistle Stop Red.

The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition is the largest wine judging in North America, with 5,050 wines entered this year.

It judges U.S. wines, with this year's entries coming from 23 states.

The competition is at the Cloverdale Citrus Fairgrounds in northern Sonoma County.

The competition began in 1983 as the Cloverdale Citrus Fair Wine Competition and was renamed the Tri-County Wine Competition in 1996, when it was expanded to include wines from Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake counties.

In 2000, it was renamed the San Francisco Wine Competition. It now takes in entries from across the United States.

Full Northwest results are available on www.winepressnw.com, and complete results of the entire competition are on www.winejudging.com and www.sfgate.com.

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